Glute Bridge

The glute bridge is an effective move for strengthening the glutes and core.

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  • Main muscles worked: Glutes (butt)
  • Other muscles: Core, hamstrings (back of the thigh)
  • Exercise type: Isolation exercise
  • Equipment: None

The glute bridge exercise strengthens the glutes, improves glute activation, and increases core stability. It helps to improve form and function when performing other exercises such as deadlifts and squats, or doing everyday movements such as walking or running.

The glute bridge is sometimes also known as a hip raise or butt lift.

How to Do a
Glute Bridge

Illustration of how to do a glute bridge exercise
Step-by-step illustration of how to do a glute bridge exercise

Starting position: Lie on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the floor and hip-width apart. Place your arms by your sides on the ground for stability.

  • Engage your core, squeeze your glutes and lift your hips off the floor and up to the ceiling, until your shoulders, hips, and knees form a straight line. As you lift your hips press your heels into the ground.
  • At the top of the movement hold for 1 to 2 seconds, squeezing your glutes.
  • Slowly and with control lower your hips back to the starting position.

Breath: Exhale as you raise your hips and inhale as you lower yourself back to the floor.

Glute Bridge Progression

You can make this exercise more challenging in several ways:

  • Weighted. Add weight such as a dumbbell or barbell across the hips. This progression focuses on increasing strength.
  • Resistance band. Instead of weights, you can use a resistance band across your hips.
  • One leg. A single-leg glute bridge increases the weight you need to lift (one leg has to lift the whole body, doubling the load) and the glute muscles have to work harder to maintain stability in this position. This progression focuses on building stability and activating the glutes.
  • Elevated. Place your feet on an elevated surface such as an exercise ball or bench. This increases the time under tension and makes the glutes work harder.

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